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PBA: Denied before, TNT KaTropa again tries to secure quarter bonus

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By Jonas Terrado

Team Standings W L

Y-NLEX 8 2

Y-Meralco 8 2

X-TNT KaTropa 7 2

X-Ginebra* 6 3

X-San Miguel 6 4

X-Magnolia 5 5

Columbian* 4 6

Alaska 4 6

NorthPort 4 6

Rain or Shine 3 7

Phoenix Pulse* 2 8

Blackwater* 2 8

Y-clinched twice-to-beat advantage

X-clinched quarterfinals berth

Game Saturday

(USEP Gym, Davao City)

5 p.m. — TNT KaTropa vs Magnolia

Magnolia's Paul Lee, right, drives past TNT' s Roger Pogoy during the PBA Commissioner's Cup. The KaTropa seek to nail a twice-to-beat incentive anew when they battle face the Hotshots in PBA Governors' Cup Saturday. (PBA Images)

Magnolia’s Paul Lee, right, drives past TNT’ s Roger Pogoy during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The KaTropa seek to nail a twice-to-beat incentive anew when they battle face the Hotshots in PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday. (PBA Images)

TNT KaTropa tries to once again secure the twice-to-beat advantage when it battles Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the University of Southeastern Philippines Gym in Davao City.

The KaTropa, toting a 7-2 record, are also seeking to snap a two-game skid and gain the much-needed bonus against the defending champion Hotshots in the Petron Saturday Special match set at 5 p.m.

Star rookie Ray Parks Jr. will try to give TNT a win for the first time since being traded from Blackwater after his debut last week ended with a 96-93 loss to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Parks had 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting with two rebounds and two assists against Ginebra.

Import KJ McDaniels, who is averaging 36.8 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.6 blocks, is also expected to play a key role in ending TNT’s slide.

Magnolia is determined to regain its bearings after a heartbreaking 86-85 loss to NLEX last Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Hotshots led by 22 points then saw the Road Warriors orchestrate a stunning comeback that ended on Jericho Cruz’s last-gasp basket.

Paul Lee would have been the hero had Magnolia came out victorious after hitting two go-ahead baskets in the final minute.

Lee had 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting while adding seven rebounds and five assists against NLEX.
Magnolia is assured of a quarterfinals berth with an even 5-5 record but would like to finish the elims on a winning note in order to gain some momentum in the quarterfinals.

It will also give the Hotshots the No. 6 seed and a quarterfinal meeting with the third-ranked team.
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